‘Short Term Memories’ is a ghoulish mix of ghostly, lullaby sounds.
I’ve listened to it numerous times and can’t place its tonality, it doesn’t come across as a triumphant anthem or a downtrodden sonnet.
It’s a song comprised of mismatched elements, like your everyday life was mixed with elements from dreams and fantasies.
For that reason, it’s a difficult song to place texturally and a strange subject to dissect.
In its own right, ‘Short Term Memories’ acts just like one – it’s present and then disappears, leaving a general feeling of space and emptiness where once there was something present.
That’s what this song is – it’s not a sing-a-long song, or a tune about a broken heart.
It’s a track that pulls something back into your mind that you weren’t sure you had ever forgotten, or didn’t realise you ever knew.
It’s a song that fills your mind with more echoes of the past on every listen.
I can’t give it properties or attributes of its own, or find any better way to describe it than that.
Give it a listen yourself and see what it pulls to the forefront of your mind.
Words: Matthew Slater